If you* don’t like TV, if you identify as someone who “doesn’t watch TV” and gloats about it at parties and yet…you gawk at YouTube, gape at movies and–yes–view TV shows like Project Runway, Grey’s Anatomy or Glee over a computer screen then I suggest you own up.
I don’t watch much TV and I’m not a fan of mainstream movies and I did live for a number of years without TV just fine. But THAT WAS THEN and THIS IS NOW. If you want to have a dialog with anyone under the age of 25–or me; if you want to be part of the collective conversation then step up and tune in.
This PC snobbery doesn’t work for most people and though the majority of them are too polite to say it to your face, it doesn’t feel good. I’m not advocating that you have to watch reality shows, soaps or car chases; be choosy. Much of the great stuff being made is no longer in movie theaters but on TV.
And even if you don’t watch, be informed. When I didn’t have a TV, I read reviews of TV shows in the S.F. Chronicle or the New Yorker–that’s how I found The Sopranos though I didn’t actually watch it until it had ended.
How about making each other feel good, suggesting something substantial or succulent, being connected instead of superior. Life has plenty of crap–not all on TV–but our aspiration might be to refine whatever we do to inspire not degrade.
Not “watching TV” but being on Facebook, Twitter, playing video games, etc. is so similar that superiority is a gossamer veil of delusion. There’s no shame here, just wishing for a bit more honesty.
P.S. getting shows from Netflix = TV
*the communal You